Medical school rejections can be very emotionally draining and depressing. It is not the rejections that are hard, but the entire process that drains people. During college, premeds have high course load and checklist full of extracurricular activities, just so they can apply to med. Once they apply to med schools, they have to write millions of essays trying to convince admissions committees that medicine is the only thing they ever want to do for months. Along the way, they end up with a tunnel vision of life that there is nothing else besides being a physician in this world.
To make everything worse, rejections don't come until end of the school year, hanging these people hoping for the best while their friends get their interviews and acceptance letters. Some schools actually don't even give the courtesy to reject you, instead they opt out for simple ignorance of your existence, which I think is rude.
So this sucks! But you can get through it. I promise. Here are some tips and thoughts:
- Just don't think about it for a while. That is the best thing you can do. Your brain and mind needs rest for at least a month.
- Take this as an opportunity to reassess your goals in life. Why do you want to be a physician? Is it for the right reasons? Is there anything else you can do and be just as happy? There are so many things you can do in medicine that can be just as rewarding. Please do your research!
- Once you are ready to process what happened, analyze what went wrong with your application. I did a post on How to Reevaluate Your Application after unsuccessful cycle. It is our natural tendency to look at our weaknesses under positive light, which is a great way to look at life. But when it comes to your med school application, you need to objectively evaluate what is only given in the application without the stories behind them, because admission's committees don't know you!
- If you find clear deficiency in your application, then work on it. You have to be brutally honest with yourself on this. You can't think " My MCAT is below the cut point, but I wrote a killer essay. OR My GPA is below 3.6, but there is always an exception." You MUST have decent grade and MCAT score.
- If you are from disadvantaged background, it is probably harder to have everything that is required for med school application in check. Med schools are aware of this problem and have programs that are designed to prepare these applicants for med school. Many of them have 1-2 year program you can apply to. If you are accepted and successfully complete these programs, the schools usually guarantee admission to their med school. So please research about these programs.
- If your application was perfectly fine, then please don't let this unsuccessful cycle define your potential. You probably will be a good med student and a good doctor. Med school application does not assess whether or not you should be a doctor. The process only picks people that happened make the cut. It does not mean you can't be a physician. You just have to reapply again.
One thing that I want you to really believe is that you can't let other people decide what you want to do with your life. When someone decides you can't be what you want in life, then you should tell yourself that you are going to make it no matter what. Of course this goal need to be reasonable, if you failed all your science classes, then your talent is probably not in natural sciences. Please go find what you are really good at and pursue it instead. It would be much more rewarding, trust me!